Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson is a UK based illustrator, and makes the cooooooolest graphics! I love his colors and textures so much. Every one of his pieces is soooo good. He even has a couple of really cute animations with mice burping and knights being crushed by dragons.
It seems that he hasn’t updated his site since 2005, which is a shame, I would love to see what he’s doing now!

Link via The Serif

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 31, 2007 / By

Elliott Smith / New Moon

Elliott Smith / New Moon

Rappers aren’t the only one’s who release albums from the grave. Elliott Smith’s posthumous release, New Moon, is a beautiful two disc release of songs recorded between 1994 and 1997, the time when he was recording Elliott Smith and Either/Or.
New Moon is made up of rare and unreleased material, but still sound just as great as his albums do. Everything was mixed by Larry Crane, the archivist for Elliott Smith’s estate.
If you’re an Elliott Smith fan at all, this is definitely something you’d be interested in.

Pretty Mary K (Other Version) / Elliott Smith

Bobby

P.S. The artwork was done by Mike King, check out his website for lots of cool posters n shit!

Bobby Solomon

May 31, 2007 / By

Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane

There are few people on this planet that understand color better than Jordan Crane. The guy makes the most beautiful prints I think I’ve ever seen, even though most of his posters deal with death and misery. Not only that but he also writes and illustrates comics and stories for kids of all ages.
A few months ago I was fortunate enough to meet him at an art show he was having at Secret Headquarters. He was a super nice guy and we talked about the image above, on the right, and how he did the screenprinting,.
And on a final note, if you’re in LA, stop by Family and check out the wallpaper that lines the walls, it was also designed by Mr. Crane.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 31, 2007 / By

ANDY041 Watch

ANDY041 Watch

The Andy Warhol 15 is a collection of watches featuring artwork from Andy’s early artwork. The watch above, the ANDY041, is totally my favorite, a beautiful form wrapped in pure white plastic.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 30, 2007 / By

Nik Daum

Nik Daum

Nik Daum is an interesting soul. Nik makes Dordles, which he describes as “not quite drawings/not quite doodles”, which in his case ends up being lots of random sketches from advertising briefs and old printouts. They’re really all funny and totally creative and kind of insane.
He’s also an amazing designer, runs a blog, and his entire site is fun to explore. Jerk.

Link via Fecal Face

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 30, 2007 / By

Microsoft Surface / Not For Us Normal Folk

Microsoft Surface / Not For Us Normal Folk

I woke up this morning and headed over to Digg, seeing that Microsoft’s Surface was announced. Honestly, my first reaction to seeing the videos was, why the hell do we even need this? Basically, you sit at an old Pong machine that has this crazy touch screen, and you can click and doodle on it. It’s like an advanced form of Mario Paint! I just don’t get it.
I’m slightly with obsessed good design, and to me this falls into the category of useless electronics. I don’t care if it makes cool ring effects around your drinks while you’re eating out, or that you can look at all the cute pictures of your kids. That’s not a reason to own or even CREATE this kind of technology.

To start with, the controls aren’t aren’t that exciting or innovative, especially after seeing a certain Apple keynote speech not too long ago.
Reading the FAQ on the Surface site, I noticed that the ‘Pong Machine’ doesn’t actually use haptic (or touch screen) controls like the iPhone does. What it does have, is a bunch of motion sensing cameras inside with a rear-projection screen. This may not make that big of a difference, but I wonder if it could become a problem in the future with dust on lenses or having to change a bulb? Here’s a video Gizmodo posted showing the inside of the beast.

One interesting thing to note are the partners that Microsoft is working with.

So they’ve picked a Harrah’s, which own’s over 30 casinos in the United States, IGT, which is “the foremost supplier of gaming machines and gaming monitoring systems in the world”, Sheraton Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels who has over “860 hotels in 95 countries”, and finally T-Mobile, the mobile network operator.
Seeing that list makes me think that we’re only going to see these things in Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City, or a bunch of fancy restaurants who’d rather try and impress customers with they’re fancy ordering machines instead of the food they make. These things are being made for normal people like you and me, they’re being made for corporations and large businesses looking for a new schtick. This is also clearly evident in the rumored $10,000 a piece price tag. That iPhone isn’t looking so pricey anymore, is it?

In Steve Ballmer’s keynote speech, the interviewer flat out asks him:

Is there a concern that it doesn’t have staying power? That it’s not just a novelty?

It’s a Vista PC, so it’s multifunctional… flexible for partners.

Translation: When this shit doesn’t work out like we say it will, your kid can use Word on it type up their report about the Oregon Trail.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 30, 2007 / By

Vector Park

Vector Park

Vector Park is some seriously weird shit.
There are three parts, an interactive journey sort of thing, some cute interactive animations, and a game called Levers.
I’m not really sure what it’s all about, but it is pretty rad looking, and Levers, is actually kinda tough, but very fun.
Check it out if you have a couple hours to kill!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 29, 2007 / By

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